In the first weeks of January, all residents of the renovated apartment buildings in the Tartu SmartEnCity pilot area received the “Smart house resident’s handbook” offering instructions on how to use and maintain the new technologies and how to make the most out of their smart homes.
On 9 December, SmartEnCity Project Coordinator Francisco Rodríguez (TECNALIA) took part in the Plenary Assembly of the ECTP’s Energy Efficient Buildings (E2B) Committee.
Last November, SmartEnCity Project was present in the “7th Spanish nZEB Congress”. The Congress’ book of abstracts is now published containing two papers related to SmartEnCity and Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz.
DPArquitectura magazine is a professional publication designed by and for architects as a service to professionals in the building sector in Spain and has shown interest in SmartEnCity project, in particular to the measures in Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Read about the Italian based SmartEnCity Network and about the testing of the electric bus in Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz. Find out about the new murals decorating renovated buildings in the two Lighthouse Cities Tartu and Vitoria-Gasteiz. And learn about what is going on in the Smart Cities sister projects.
On 4th November, the Estonian Smart City Club met again, but this time due to circumstances, virtually. In addition to the local SmartEnCity project team members (from the Institute of Baltic Studies, Tartu Regional Energy Agency, Telia and the University of Tartu), representatives from the cities of Tartu, Pärnu, Paide, Tallinn, Valga, Viljandi and Jõhvi were also present. The group was happy to meet and to get to know its newest member of the club – Pärnu, which was represented by members of the city government.
On 5th of November, the 6th Tartu Planning conference was organised by SmartEnCity project partner University of Tartu (UTAR), due to the pandemic situation, this time virtually. This annual conference has become an important information exchange platform for urban and regional planners, researchers, NGOs, politicians and others.
Lighthouse City Tartu had recently even two visits to inform about SmartEnCity activities. The City Pärnu as well as representatives of severval municipalities from Lääne county came to learn and to look, and to admire the famous wall paintings.
The public discussion on the new Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) of Lighthouse City Tartu has started and attracted nearly 200 participants. This shows that the new plan is an important public issue and that many citizens are making use of their right of participation.
The end of the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) was celebrated during a 2-day conference on 4 and 5 November with nearly 200 participants and 19 sessions, with 44 speakers from cities, businesses, research institutions and the financial sector. The conference covered a wide range of topics – from storytelling to the important role of replication and upscaling as well as funding from EU sources and financing with private investors – and SmartEnCity project was part of it!